Dr Nerida Richards
Horse health / Care
Dr Nerida Richards B Rur. Sc (Hon1) PhD RAnNutr Nerida graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Rural Science in 1999 and a PhD in Equine Nutrition in 2004. Nerida is a registered animal nutritionist (equine) with the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Nerida founded Equilize Horse Nutrition in 2003 and has been working as a consulting equine nutritionist ever since, providing high level technical support to feed and supplement companies in Australia and abroad. The last 18 years has seen Nerida work with more than 30 companies, in Australia, the USA and Japan, focusing on product development, education, research and on-farm support. Nerida also developed and commercialised the FeedXL ration balancing software that is used extensively by horse owners here in Australia as well as the USA, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, the Middle East and South East Asia.
A true country girl at heart, Nerida has always had a love of horses, a passion for agriculture and a zeal for and natural understanding of nutrition. In her typical style of combining credible science with practical knowledge and a bunch of props she stole from her kids, Nerida shares her knowledge in a way that is easy to understand and simple to put into practice to improve the health and performance of your own horses.
Visit Dr Nerida Richards at the following sessions
Friday November 12th
11:30 am to 12:15 pm
Off The Track Pavilion
My horse is crazy, my horse is lazy
Horses, some are ‘hot’, some are ‘lazy’. We all want calm, responsive horses to ride, but how do we achieve this?
While education plays a huge role in getting the best out of each type of horse, nutrition plays an equally important role in keeping the hot horse calm and in getting the lazy horse moving! Learn how to feed, what to feed, when to feed and why to get the best out of your ‘crazy’ or ‘lazy’ horses.
Also learn what not to do when feeding a hot horse, the pitfalls to avoid when feeding a lazy horse and the conditions like tying up and mycotoxicosis you need to look out for that could be causing some of the behavioural issues you are seeing.
Saturday November 13th
11:15 am to 12:00 pm
Off The Track Pavilion
Feeding the Laminitic
A lot has changed in our understanding of feeding the laminitic in the last 10 years. We now have a much better understanding of what causes most cases of laminitis, and a far better understanding of how to feed to manage or avoid it.
This talk will cover all aspects of feeding the laminitic, including: – What causes laminitis – What ‘NSC’ is and how to keep it low in the diet – Feeding during crisis and recovery phases – Which feeds and forages are safe and which to avoid for laminitis – Understanding pasture and knowing when it is unsafe – Why you should never ‘lock up a horse and starve it’ – Avoiding ulcers in laminitic horses; and – Balancing diets for laminitics